The School Athletic Sports were held on Wednesday 15 February at Mt Smart Stadium in near perfect conditions. A number of long-standing records were broken with a high standard of competition maintained throughout the day.
The stand out junior was O. D. Millington who won the the Under 14 title. His 800m victory was extremely close to the record, while he looks to have a lot more to give in the 300m and long jump.
T. P. R. Armstrong finished second overall, dominated the jumping events and was a clear winner of the javelin. N. A. Sanson is another third former to watch as are the distance pairing of M. J. Hiddleston and J. W. Tohaia.
The intermediates were dominated by D. T. C. Overend, who cruised to victories in the hurdles and long jump and then set about demolishing the Under 16 sprint records. He ran an impressive 10.99s in the 100m and then followed this with an electronic mark of 22.75s in the 200m.
C. T. Evans also ran very well in the 100m, won the shot put, and looked good for second in the long jump. The 400/800m double was won in fine style by L. B. P. Dickson, while N. J. Murphy showed his undoubted class to finish second in both events. S. F. Duncan won the 1500m in a tactical race then really pushed himself in the 3000m where he just missed the record by a second.
The intermediate high jump, saw two athletes smash the old record of 1.80m. National Under 16 champion T. J. Moloney prevailed with a superb clearance of 1.87m, while J. M. Dufaur added 9cm to his personal best in finishing second with 1.84m. Intermediate discus thrower T. T. Tepai was out to an impressive 43m.
O. T. Parkinson and J. Shih battled all day for the senior title, with Parkinson prevailing in the end. He won the sprint treble in fine times (his 11.18s in the 100m was particularly noteworthy). All senior sprinters ran extremely well.
In the 110m High Hurdles, Parkinson crossed the tape in a record 14.61s with Shih just behind in 14.63s. These excellent times both eclipsed the previous record of 15.05s set by B. J. Ward in 2004. Shih won the long and triple jumps in fine style while W. G. Richards cruised to a fine victory in the 800m.
In the senior throws A. W. Aluesi, A. Lin and J. W. W. Halkyard were all impressive in the javelin. S. E. Aruwa and S. Mau showed their class in the shot put, while in the discus M. J. Herman and B. L. H. Kumeroa impressed.
We wish these athletes and the rest of the athletics team the best as they prepare for the Greater Auckland Championships later this month and then the North Island competition in Taranaki towards the end of this term.
- T. P. R. Armstrong - Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin
- Z. G. I. Cabiling - 100m
- T. J. Johnson - Shot Put
- J. T. Tepai - Discus
- J. W. Tohaia - 1500m, 3000m
- I. H. Chaytor - Javelin
- L. B. P Dickson - 400m, 800m
- S. F. Duncan - 1500m, 3000m
- C. T. Evans - Shot Put
- J. G. Kerr - Triple Jump
- T. J. Moloney - High Jump
- T. T. Tepai - Discus
- A. W. Aluesi - Javelin
- S. E. Aruwa - Shot Put
- L. Colville - High Jump
- M. J. Herman - Discus
- W. G. Richards - 800m
- J. Shih - Long Jump, Triple Jump
- A. K. R Ullrich - 1500m, 3000m
2017 Athletic Champions
Junior: O. D. Millington - 200m, 300m, 80m Hurdles, 800m
Intermediate: D. T. C. Overend - 100m, 200m, 100m Hurdles, Long Jump
Senior: O. T. Parkinson - 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m High Hurdles
Thanks are extended to the Master in Charge of Athletics, Mr Blackwell and the masters who coach our athletes across a variety of disciplines.
The Junior Athletics Champion, O. D. Millington, receives his medals
The Intermediate Athletics Champion, D. T. C. Overend, is congratulated by Headmaster Mr T. O'Connor
O. T. Parkinson, the Senior Athletics Championships, receives his medals from the Headmaster